A French tour operator was charged this month with illegally transporting hazardous materials after a flare gun ignited in his suitcase at Miami Intl. Airport. Baggage handlers noticed smoke coming form the suitcase as it sat on a cart waiting to be loaded onto a domstic US flight. The owner of the bag was headed for a scuba diving vacation and the boat-type safety flared had cleared security. The Federal DOT and the FAA are still investigating the incident.
Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues
Archive for 1998
Recognizing the preference for a globally recognized Salvage Package, Skolnik‘s 85 Gallon "T" Salvage Drum will be replacing the solids only Salvage Drum by the end of 1998. Since the "T" drum does carry both a solids certifications and the "T" certification (solids test when filled with water), the question of domestic or international use will not be necessary. The "T" drum is accepted worldwide for the sage transport of disposal of damaged or leaking inner containers. Cosmetically, the Skolnik "T" drum will have a yellow body with a red cover with the Multi-Lingual Salvage Drum label affixed to the side.
Steel drums were recently tested to determine their integrity when exposed to extreme fire situations. The program tested steel drums stacked 2, 3, and 4 high under an AFFF sprinkler system. The drums fitted with non-metallic closures (ie: nylon fittings) met the National Fire Protections Associations definiteion of a "Relieving-Style Container" and performed beyond expectations. Unlike alternative containers made form plastic resisns or paper, the steel containers did not melt or distort, did not lose their contents and fuel the fire, and did not fall from their stacking heights. Though the current NFPA 30 (1996 edition) only recognizes 2-high storage for steel drums fitted with pressure relief devices, it is expected that these tests will result in the ability for users to double storage height when meeting these storage conditions.
Hazmat employers who fail to provide training or maintain test records account for more than one third of the DOT‘s enforcement actions pertaining to violations of the hazardous materials transportation regulations. Now, more than ever — with IATA, ICAO and IMDG Code regulation changes effective January 1, 1999 — is the time to review your training records. The Hazardous Materials Advisory Council (HMAC) provides initial and recurrent training on the basics of ground, air and water transportation. They also provide specialized training courses that deal with hazarous wastes, European road and rail, radioactive materials, classification and performance-oriented packaging. HMAC’s hazardous materials transportation training courses meet applicable initial and recurrent training requirements as specified by subpart H of Part 172 of the US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. For more information visit www.hmac.org or call 800–634–1598.